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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    A young painter, seen from behind; whole-length standing, holding a palette and brush, wearing a smock Black and red chalk

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1575-1609
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 378 millimetres
    • Width: 188 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed: "De Mano de/Diego Velaz/quez"
  • Curator's comments

    Nicholas Turner suggested an attribution to Lodovico Carracci, previously this had been placed as anonymous Bolognese 17thc. The drawing was included in the Oxford and London Carracci exhibition as Annibale, following Donald Posner's inclusion of it in his 1971 monograph as a work from the second half of the 1580s. The attribution was doubted by Gabriele Finaldi who suggested instead that it is Florentine and close to an artist around Cristofano Allori. He identified the writing on the drawing as by the Spanish painter and collector Francisco de Solís (1629-1684), commenting that it was more likely that he would have owned a drawing by a Florentine artist, a city that had long-standing ties with Madrid, than a Bolognese one. The softness in the modelling does not look Florentine and for this reason it is retained under Annibale's name.
    HC Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq', London, 1876, no. 425 (as Velasquez); D. Posner, 'Annibale Carracci :a study in the reform of Italian painting around 1590', New York, 1971, I, pp. 18 and 155, n. 43, fig. 22 (as Annibale); C. Robertson and C. Whistler, in exhib. cat., Oxford, Ashmolean Museum and London, Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, 'Drawings by the Carracci from British Collections', 1996, no. 55 (as Annibale); G. Finaldi, exhibition review, "Apollo", CXLV, March 1997, p. 58 (as Florentine XVIIc); L.A. Banner, 'Francisco de Solís: a seventeenth-century artist-collector in Madrid', "Master Drawings", XLV, Autumn 2007, p. 363, fig. 10.


  • Bibliography

    • JCR 425 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian Roy XVIc)

  • Exhibition history

    1996/7 Dec-Mar, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 'Carracci', no. 55

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The inscription attributing this to Velasquez is, according to Gabriele Finaldi, in Solís's hand.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


A young painter, seen from behind; WL standing, holding a palette and brush, wearing a smock Black and red chalk

A young painter, seen from behind; WL standing, holding a palette and brush, wearing a smock Black and red chalk

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